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New Life Ayahuasca Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 111 reviews
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From a First-Timer

★★★★★
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I went to New Life Ayahuasca having never traveled internationally by myself, didn’t know a single person and had never done any type of plant medicines. The entire experience was life changing! From the second I arrived, I felt my fears melt away. Matt and Jeanae welcomed all of us when we arrived and made us feel right at home. The house was amazing! It’s in a beautiful location, surrounded by nature. I saw monkeys, parrots and some other animals I didn’t even know existed. You get your own room and your own bathroom. This is perfect if you need a little alone time. Most of the other places don’t offer that and the ones that do, are expensive. The food was nutritious and really good. The ceremonies were beautiful, and they are held in a safe environment. Matt helped me prepare for the ceremonies and I felt like he really cared about helping and listening to me. That’s a big deal when you’re doing something that you’ve never done before. We got to do yoga with Jeanae, who is a wonderful teacher. I met some amazing people at New Life and I felt like we all connected. Everyone was so friendly and they were easy to talk to. The groups are a little smaller which in my opinion, is the way to go. Having experienced all that I did, I would have felt very overwhelmed if I was at a retreat with 10 +. I won’t speak much about the medicine because each experience is different for each person. My experience is hard to put into words. It’s been about a month and I’m discovering new things about life and myself every day. That may sound cliche, but it’s so true. I’m not the same person I was when I arrived, and I mean that in a good way. Going to New Life Ayahuasca was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My intuition guided me here and now I understand why. I highly recommend this place! I’ll be back for sure. Thank you Matt & Jeanae!

Feel the Love

★★★★★
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One of the most deep and profound experiences of my life. Matt is the real deal and an amazing healer. Jeanne is his perfect counterpart. From their delicious, farm to table, nutritious meals to their multiple plant medicine healing modalities, and amazing icaros, they work to massage away any emotional or physical difficulties that might be ailing you. They do so in such a grounded and wholesome way. The love and warmth is palpable. I left brighter, happier and more connected to nature and the cosmos.

Follow-Up Review

★★★★★
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This is my second review of New Life Ayahuasca. NLA is a wonderful and at times a magical place. Those of you who have never taken the medicine might roll your eyes at my use of the term ‘magical’. That’s OK, just try it and see. Matt and Jeanae have created a safe and caring environment in which one can grow. For those who hear the call of Ayahuasca, the medicine can bring about amazing personal transformations. I am not the same man who first went to New Life a year and a half ago. Then, I was a damaged man who was haunted by a a rough childhood. I was prone to depression and quick to take offense. While I was good at my job, I wasn’t well liked because of my quick temper. Now, after three retreats, I am a changed man. My baseline is ‘happy’ and I nearly always feel content, which is not something most people can say these days. I am much less into myself and I care more about others, especially my family. I am less combative, more creative, and have an easier time seeing other people’s points of view. I feel lucky to be me and I feel gratitude every day. As a result, people like me much more which, of course makes me happier. It is a virtuous cycle. On an objective level, my EQ score has improved dramatically. Of course, this is just my experience. I cannot know what Ayahuasca will do for you. For me, though, it has changed my life – dramatically – and for the better.
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New Life Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca Retreats in Costa Rica

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The view from our back patio

Costa Rica is the perfect place for an ayahuasca retreat. The nature, beauty and laid back atmosphere contribute to the therapeutic value of our ayahuasca retreats. Costa Rica has an easy-going culture with the country motto “Pura Vida” which translates to “Pure Life.” The weather is perfect year round, with average temperatures around 77 degrees. Ticos (the local term for a Costa Rican), are said to be some of the happiest people in the world and it is easy to understand why.

Costa Rica has two seasons – dry season and rainy season. The rainy season is from around May/June – December and dry season is from around January – May/June.  Rainy season is great because everything is very green and alive and the mornings typically start out sunny and the rain comes in through out the day – its warm during the day but can cool off with the rains and at night. Dry season is great because it doesn’t rain, meaning warm days (still cool nights), clear skies and beautiful sunsets but the landscape gets very dry and ‘brown’. Please keep these factors in mind when booking your retreat.

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Why choose New Life Ayahuasca in Costa Rica?

  • FACILITYOur modern facility provides comfort during this profound experience. Private rooms, attached bathrooms, hot water, WIFI, gym, pool, massage and vast property to explore all make our facility an ideal place for a healing retreat.
  • BREWOur brew is made in Peru by a reputable Shaman and is free of any potentially dangerous or harmful additives or fillers such as Daturda (toe) which if used in improper quantities could be fatal.
  • INTIMATE GROUPSWhile some ayahuasca retreat facilities will host up to 30 guests at once, we limit participation per retreat to 8 so we can provide individualized attention and support during such a profound experience.
  • TRAVELNot only is Costa Rica the safest country in Central America, but it is also extremely easy to get to. Flights are significantly cheaper (appx. $500 round trip) to Costa Rica than anywhere in South America, and we provide complimentary pick-up at SJO airport for arrivals between 11AM-1PM, making the transition to our facility stress-free.
  • SAFETYWhile ayahuasca is primarily considered safe, there are certain medications and conditions that could cause complications during participation. We conduct  a brief medical screening to be sure all participants can safely consume ayahuasca and are here to answer any questions you may have.
  • CEREMONIAL GUIDEMatt’s intentions and passion in his work are unparalleled. There is no question of his integrity and his sincerity in his mission to help others. His presence during ceremony is strong and grounding, and his Icaros and unique way of playing a Tibetan signing bowl help guide the participants’ experience.

 

New Life Ayahuasca is one of very few ayahuasca retreat facilities in Costa Rica. We conduct a medical screening (which few facilities include) to be sure all potential participants can safely consume ayahuasca. We provide all meals in accordance with the ayahuasca diet. All ayahuasca brew used at our ceremonies is made using only home-grown plants from Peru. All medicine is hand-made and free of datura(toe), which is a poisonous flower that can be dangerous, even fatal, if used in the wrong quantities. Our ceremonies are performed by a shaman or experienced ceremonial leader.

You may refer to our page with Frequently Asked Questions about ayahuasca to get more information about us and ayahuasca. New Life Ayahuasca is happy to answer any questions you have about our staff, our facility, our brew or our ceremonies.

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Our facility in Costa Rica

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Part of our 20 acre property

The New Life Ayahuasca facility is situated off a secluded dirt road about 80 minutes outside of SJO (Juan Santamaría International Airport). Costa Rica offers lush land filled with a variety of native plants and animals. We provide all locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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Why is ayahuasca illegal in the US?

In the United States, DMT is a Schedule I drug because of its hallucinogenic properties. The legal status in the United States of DMT-containing plants is somewhat questionable. Ayahuasca plants and preparations are legal, as they contain no scheduled chemicals. However, when the ingredients are used in a brew, the DMT becomes active, so any brew made using DMT containing plants is illegal. That said, some people are challenging this, using arguments similar to those used by religious sects. (From Wikipedia)

This forces most who want to experience ayahuasca retreats to travel outside the united states. Recently, with ayahuasca’s growing popularity, many ayahuasca facilities have opened in South America, specifically in Peru. This is why doing thorough research before picking a retreat facility is so important. Many of the new facilities that have popped up around the region of Peru have bad reputations or false shamans. Always know who is conducting ceremony and gather information about the brew used and what it contains.